Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

(2013 selection)

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 Author Jess Walter Discusses "Beautiful Ruins" (May 5, 2013)

Row 1: (l) Author Jess Walter spoke to a packed auditorium of readers, who delighted in hearing his insighful and keen remarks about "Beautiful Ruins" and his other work. (r) A full house anticipated Mr. Walter's remarks. (Photo courtesy of Wilmette Beacon)

Row 2: (l) Library Director Ellen Clark with author Jess Walter. (r) Library Director Ellen Clark welcomed the audience and offered introductory comments about Mr. Walter and his work.

Row 3: (l) Heather Hehman, President of the Friends of the Library, and Emily Spectre, Vice-President of the Friends, also welcomed the crowd. (r) Mr. Walter shared some of his own story while talking about the importance of storytelling. (Photo courtesy of Wilmette Beacon)

Row 4: (l) An enthusiastic crowd listened intently to Mr. Walter's witty, poetic, and thoughtful remarks. (Photo courtesy of Wilmette Beacon) (r) After his remarks, Mr. Walter fielded questions from the audience.

Row 5: (l) Mr. Walter signed books for his admiring readers. Books were available for sale courtesy of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court. (r) Mr. Walter exchanged words with a patron before signing her book.

Row 6: (l) Mr. Walter signed a copy of "Beautiful Ruins" for Library Director Ellen Clark. (r) Jon Grand of The Book Stall at Chestnut Court with a stack of copies of "Beautiful Ruins" for Mr. Walter to sign.

Row 7: (l) Mr. Walter autographed the poster announcing the Library's 2013 One Book selection alongside Adult Services Librarian Leslie Litoff. (r) Jess Walter with Heather Hehman, President of the Friends of the Library.

Row 8: (l) The Friends of the Library set up a festive display to let event-goers know more about the volunteer organization that supports the Library. (r) Promoting the Friends.

Row 9: (l) Volunteers from the Friends staffed a lovely table of delicious treats. (r) Author Jess Walter with Library Director Ellen Clark and members of the One Book, Everybody Reads committtee. (Left to right: Barbara Goodman, Leslie Litoff, Ms. Clark, Mr. Walter, Betty Giorgi, Amy Barrow)

Row 10: (l) Poster announcing the 2013 One Book selection, autographed by Jess Walter. (r)  With thanks to the Friends of the Library and the 15 local organizations that served as partners for the 2013 One Book program.

Barbara Rinella Presents Cleopatra (April 9, 2013)

Row 1: (l) Literary dramatist Barbara Rinella posed for the camera before she performed as Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.  (r) Librarian Amy Barrow introduced Barbara to the audience.

Row 2: (l) Cleopatra came to life. (r) A full house in the auditorium enjoyed Barbara's portrayal of Cleopatra.

Row 3: (l) Librarian Amy Barrow, Barbara Rinella, and librarian Leslie Litoff. (r) Barbara with our One Book, Everybody Reads poster.


Armchair Travels Visits Cinque Terre, presented by Select Italy

(April 4, 2013)

Row 1: (l) Alison Duray and Martina Mullen of Select Italy presented a "you are there" visit to Cinque Terre, on the Italian coast.  (r) Select Italy provided a lovely taste of Italy, including Italian cookies, bread and pesto, and Italian wine and water.

Row 2: (l) While sampling pesto, attendees viewed the presentation, which included a video demonstration of pesto-making. (r) Alison and Martina's presentation gave a full overview of Cinque Terre past and present.

Row 3: (l) A full house viewed the presentation. (r) Alison and Martina concluded with a heartfelt "Grazie!"

Small Tastes of Italy, presented by The Noodle Café in Wilmette

(April 15, 2013)

Row 1: (l) Wilmette's own Noodle Cafe presented the flavors of Italy with tastings and recipes. (2) Chef Molly McGrath and owner Rob Garrison prepared an array of treats.

Row 2: (l) The menu included Sweet Ricotta Tart; Marinated Calamari Salad; Cod and Potato Spread; and Trofie with Pesto, Green Beans, and Potatoes;  (r) The full-to-capacity crowd learned about the recipes and enjoyed the tasty treats.

Funding for "One Book, Everybody Reads" is made possible by Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.


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